What is a Capability from an Enterprise Architecture perspective?

22 October 2007

What, I wonder is the definition of a ‘Capability’.

This word seems to have emerged recently as a new buzz word. Wherever I’ve seen it used, nobody ever seems to bother actually defining what it means or what it’s relationships are to other EA concepts. Where does ‘Capability’ fit in the EA meta model?

Examples that I’ve seen of a ‘Capability’ are indistinguishable from a Business Function or a Business Process (or an elementary business process or activity).

So is a ‘Capability’ some kind of business process that one is ‘capable of carrying out but don’t actually implement yet’?

Or is it trying to define an unknown unknown business process as Rumsfeld might say?

The nearest to a definition that I have found is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capability_Management.

What do other enterprise architects define  a ‘Capability’ as?.

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3 Responses to “What is a Capability from an Enterprise Architecture perspective?”

  1. Sundaygu Says:

    i am gonna show this to my friend, brother


  2. I think Architecting is itself a business capability!
    See this
    http://www.architecturalthinking.net/


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